The Reviews of Khonshu!
Moon Knight #1
Yes, Marvel is once again restarting the schizophrenic adventures of the vigilante Moon Knight, except this time Marc Spector is in L.A., “moonlighting” (see what I did there) as a TV producer. However, when Captain America, Wolverine, and Spider-man show up at his party and tell him that he’s going to need to start patrolling the west coast for them, Moon Knight is called back into action.
While this may sound like a regular start to yet another short lived Moon Knight series, what makes this stand out from the pack is the creative team behind the book: Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Yes, the team that made Daredevil one of the most critically acclaimed Marvel series is behind the adventures of Marc Spector, and I’m happy to say that I’m hooked. The idea that supervillains and criminals would start to move out to the west coast where there are fewer heroes is a pretty genius idea, and one that I’m surprised no one has thought of before. This issue delivers both the standard Bendis dialogue heavy scenes as well as some excellent action. Plus we also get two pretty awesome mysteries presented to us, but I won’t spoil them here.
Alex Maleev’s pencils are top notch here, and his handle on the action scenes definitely stand out. However, I still don’t get why his version of Mr. Hyde would choose to only wear a cape and pants, but then again, if I had Mr. Hyde’s powers, I’d probably do the same. The fight between him and Moonie was one of the many highlights of the book, but it’s not all action from Maleev either, as the scenes with just Spector talking with Cap, Wolvie, and Spidey prove that he hasn’t lost his touch in the art department. Moon Knight is a solid take on a very underused character, and a great jumping on point for new readers looking for something to purchase this upcoming Free Comic Book Day.
Fear Itself #2 (of 7)
Well that was a quick read. After setting the seeds last issue, the latest issue of Fear Itself wastes no time in setting up “The Worthy”, the army leaders of The Serpent. The issue begins with Odin and the other Asgardians arriving in a new Asgard, and Odin chaining Thor to prevent him from trying to protect Earth. We then get a few scenes of the Serpent’s hammers arriving to Earth, and some of “The Worthy” are revealed, even if we’ve known about Hulk and Juggernaut gaining these hammers since Fear Itself was announced. Then everything goes to crap as Steve Rodgers attempts to summon the Avengers.
If that seemed like a quick summary, then that’s because that’s really all that happens in this issue. It seemed to me like Matt Fraction is just padding out the story so that it fits three issues. While this is nothing to keep me from keeping up with the series, it’s disappointing to read a filler issue in something that’s supposed to be Marvel’s big event.